It's exciting news for fast food lovers of Panda Express!

Pasco will be home to a 2nd location of the popular fast food restaurant.

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According to the Franklin County Assessor's Office, Panda Express will be moving into the professional center at 1525 West Court Street.

Currently, there are 4 Panda Express restaurants in Tri-Cities.

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History of Panda Express:

According to Wikipedia, The Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express, and Hibachi-San, was founded by Andrew Cherng, Peggy Cherng and Andrew's father, Master Chef Ming Tsai Cherng.

Panda Express restaurants began in food courts in shopping malls. The first stand alone location opened in 1997 in Hesperia, California.

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Panda Express gives back to the community.

In 1999, Panda Express launched Panda Cares to give back to the community. They provide funding, food and volunteer services to children in need and disaster relief efforts.[53] The company installed donation boxes in all the Panda Express restaurants in 2010. The charity has raised $107 million, with $89 million coming from in-store donation boxes, and $41 million has been donated to "The Leader In Me", a program to teach leadership and life skills that has been rolled out to 865 elementary schools in 39 states. The organization has also donated $37 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, to support medical costs for poor children, and also supports disaster relief efforts.[54]

You know, Richland could use another Panda Express, maybe in the former Shari's location on George Washington Way. What are your thoughts?

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